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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 28, 2010 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Big River

This is a bump post that I put up in 2008 for the reason that I just recently found a version (12-30-1977) that rivals the best...


A Johnny Cash song, this tune was covered by the Grateful Dead starting in 1972 and not letting up...always seems to bring out those great bluegrass runs and country double stops from Jerry ala' Cumberland Blues...Weir does some nice interplay licks in this tune...


Recommended (in chronological order):

11-11-1973 (great version in a classic show) http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-11-11.sbd.schlissel.14105.sbeok.shnf

06-16-1974, http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-06-16.sbd.fink.17701.sbeok.shnf

05-11-1977 (in St. Paul no less), http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-11.sbd.barbella.8374.sbeok.shnf

12-30-1977 as developed a version as the dead ever played it, Garcia's wirey picking throughout is a highlight, a "fanned out" ending is unique, outstanding...http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-12-30.sbd.dp-leftovers.20009.sbeok.shnf

11-25-1979 (ridiculous) http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-11-25.sbd.miller.84489.flac16

05-16-1981 (nice) http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-16.sbd.miller.30647.sbeok.flac16

09-21-1982 overshadowed by the Playin' opener, this one is a gem... http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-09-21.senn421-wise.sacks.3152.sbeok.shnf

06-25-1985 (this one is all Mydland)...http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-06-25.sbd.miller.18663.sbeok.shnf


she loves you big river more than me!

This post was modified by stratocaster on 2010-03-29 00:25:18

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 28, 2010 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

Strangely, both of my favorite Big Rivers are on Official releases: the one on Steal Your Face and the one on One From The Vault.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 28, 2010 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

Hey Strat--thanks for that; always really liked that tune by Cash, but only heard it now and again by the DEAD (ie, during my touring days, and now, don't hear it much at all by them what with my 71 and earlier bias). I listen to the Cash version fairly regularly--one of my favs by him.

However, I was chiming in because my second thought on reading your post was "didn't they start doing it before 72?"...I have not done any real research, and trust you implicitly...but here is what they did list at "setlists", and they only provide these two as prior to 72 (and I know how they can be wrong):

11/21/70- WBCN Studios - Boston, MA
12/31/71- Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA

Anyhow, just adding this in case you wanted to pursue it further given your interest in the song...I was thinking they did it in their early, jug band/bluegrass/pseudo country cover days or whatever we might call it, since Cash wrote it way back in 58, and it did so well (I think it charted fairly well). But, I was wrong it appears...

Again, dont have anything of substance to add to your informative post other than those possible earlier dates...

Thanks.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 29, 2010 12:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-10-21.sbd.miller.17413.sbeok.shnf

There are some sound issues in this recording but Billy's jazzy country beats come thru loud and clear and make this awesome,

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Mar 28, 2010 8:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

Just listened to that 12/30/77 and I was hoping it would never end, A funky scorcher. Johnny Cash at madison square garden is a must have, it was my most listened to cd at work a couple of summers ago. The big river has a little I walk the line tease in the beginning but the whole show is stellar plus the statler brothers on a few tunes.

This post was modified by portmcgroin on 2010-03-29 03:58:51

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Poster: wineland Date: Mar 29, 2010 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

Is Cash at MSG an official release or should I go looking for the torrent?

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Mar 29, 2010 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

it's an official release

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Poster: yesss! Date: Mar 29, 2010 12:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

nice list! love the big river. i'll add...

2/9/73
8/13/75
5/9/77

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Mar 28, 2010 8:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1987-09-19.sbd.painoman.76469.sbeok.flac16

I love this version. Weir flubs the lyrics a teeny bit, but he makes up for it with big time energy. Great overall show for that matter

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 28, 2010 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big River

this one is pretty neat too!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQyQ9MhEjXQ